Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
In the beginning of the story, Poirot is waiting to catch a train that will connect him with the Famous Orient Express. The train is a speedy and comfortable way for the detective to return to England where he is needed for a mystery.
Study the Orient Express.
1. The Orient Express is a luxury train that started its journeys across Europe in the 1880s. The company that owned the train, Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, was also the employer of M. Bouc. It was through Bouc's connections that he was able to get a first class sleeping berth for Poirot due to the fact that a passenger did not show up to board.
As a class, study the lengthy and varied history of the Orient Express. What was its original route? What world record(s) did the train break? Were there every any interruptions in service...
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